Life-long labor and community activist Bill Fletcher, Jr. discusses the checkered stance of the labor movement in relation to racism and left politics, and the challenge of building a progressive labor movement today. The conversation with Bread and Roses co-hosts Jerry Levinsky and Joel Saxe includes issues of Trump and white supremacy, Obama’s politics, and a historical novel Fletcher is currently writing.
Fletcher is the former president of TransAfrica Forum; a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies; an editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com. He has worked for several labor unions in addition to serving as a senior staffperson in the AFL-CIO. Fletcher is co-author of “The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941”; “Solidarity Divided: The crisis in organized labor and a new path toward social justice“; and the author of “‘They’re Bankrupting Us’ – And Twenty other myths about unions.” Fletcher is a syndicated columnist and a regular media commentator on television, radio and the Web.